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Trojans moving up

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The No. 20 player in the country, Vidal Hazelton, just made his move to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military. What does the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder with 4.47-second speed think of the new school and where is his recruiting going from here?
"It's a really structured environment that prepares you for college next year and teaches you how to study," he said. "As for the athletics, the competition is really good. Every day in practice I'm being challenged and the coaches are really good and take care of the players. The whole environment is a nice place. I like the players and coaches, I like everything about it here.
"Classes start on August 29th and we've got two hours of mandatory study which prepares us for life in college. That's the reason why I chose to come here."
How has the adjustment been from Staten Island, New York to small town Virginia?
"It's been pretty easy. I'm not really homesick or anything like that."
The five-star prospect really enjoys his new team.
"Everyone on the team is good and if I had to rank everyone I'd give them all a five-star," he said. "Everyone is really good and that's what makes it fun, you come out here and you've got to earn your spot and it's a challenge.
"I've really enjoyed watching the running backs and defensive linemen including Alaeze, Powe and Bright. We always talk about recruiting and they all just explain to me why they chose their schools. They have given me a lot of advice on going through the process."
The No. 2 receiver in the country hopes to break all Hargrave receiving records this year.
Meanwhile, on the recruiting front Hazelton is focusing on seven schools.
"I'm looking at Miami, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Southern Cal," he said. "I'm going to Florida State on September 4th and I'll do the other four during the season. I'm probably going to go to Miami, Florida, Tennessee and USC for the other visits. I'm probably going to make my decision after my fourth visit too."
The Rivals 100 prospect accounted for 1,024 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns as he was named Staten Island Advance all-star, Daily News all-star and all-league as a junior.
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